I was recently involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, since it was my first accident, I was scatter-brained and anxious. What I did not realize at the time was that the actions you take immediately after the accident can affect a personal injury case and the outcome of that case. I wanted to find a way to share my experiences and mistakes with other. Since the Internet is so popular, I figured this would be a great way to do so. While you likely aren't planning on being in an accident soon, if you are, hopefully you remember some of the tips I share on this website.
If you're in the United States without proper documentation, you could be at risk for deportation, especially if you're caught up in one of the deportation raids that are occurring right now. Unfortunately, the current political climate makes increases your risks for raids and deportation. However, there are some things you can do to protect yourself. If you're at risk for a deportation raid, follow the steps provided here.
1. Speak to an Immigration Attorney
If you're in this country illegally, the first thing you need to do is speak to an immigration attorney. Don't wait until you've been caught in a raid. You may not realize this, but you do have protections under the US constitution; you just need to know what those rights are. Unfortunately, without attorney representation, you might not understand your rights, which puts you at an even greater risk for deportation. To make sure you're prepared, and that you know what your rights are, speak to an attorney before you're apprehended in a raid.
2. Have a Family Emergency Plan
If you have a family, especially one with young children, you need to have an emergency plan in place. These most recent raids have left many young children stranded at schools and other locations. If you're at risk for apprehension during a deportation raid, make sure your children know what to do in an emergency. You should have a list of people who can pick your children up at school should you be apprehended. If possible, your emergency contact list should contain people who are in this country legally. That way, they don't risk deportation when they pick your children up. This will also ensure that your children have a safe place to stay until you can secure your release.
3. Do Not Run or Try to Escape
If you're at work when a deportation raid occurs, don't try to run or escape. The ICE officers will catch you, and when they do, your attempt at escape will be used against you. Not only that, but you risk serious injuries if you try to escape. Instead, remain calm and try to remember as many of the details as possible, especially the names of the agents who apprehend you.
4. Don't Give Into Intimidation Tactics
If you're caught in a deportation raid, immigration officials may try to force you to sign deportation documents. If you refuse, they may resort to intimidation tactics to force your compliance. Don't give in to those tactics. Instead, ask to speak to an immigration attorney and then remain silent. Each time you're interviewed, make the same request for legal assistance.
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